It could be an act of greed, sabotage or a singer starting to feel too big for the audiences that made him.
But no matter what, it was one of the worst labels a gospel musician can willingly paste on his or her forehead.
In a time the gospel music terrain is riddled with sing-for-the-money artists, it had to be one promising singer dumping at the 11th hour a contract he had signed weeks before to perform at a Motherâ€™s Day do at Robinâ€™s Park on Sunday.
The singer, perhaps now feeling well cemented to the gospel music arena, had even pocketed commitment fees.
But days to the show, he came cash in hand to return the upfront payment.
Reason? The little gospel left in the singer told him not to lie about his new destination; a better-paying date with fans at lakeshore festival.
Well, who does not need better money?
But the thing still remains that one does not drop contracts anyhow, no matter how much the new offer may be.
On this day, it was hard for the organisers for Robinâ€™s Park show to justify the absence of a name that had formed part of the allure on posters and radio ads.
The artist unnecessarily held the organisersâ€™ capital which could have been used on a humbler or more sober artist.
Big up to big names such Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Chisomo Womenâ€™s Choir, Patience Namadingo, Khama Khwiliro and Allan Chirwa who humbled themselves and made it to the venue.
Their performances were not only stunning to the audience but also inspiring to budding talents such as Madalitso Ngoleka, Lonje and Kho and Linda Chafulumira.
Their honouring the contract was not only professional but human and kind.
To the greedy lot, look up to the money, your audiences will be the best judges.